Talent Director Salary
Salaries for Talent Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Talent Directors (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Talent Director
Talent directors serve an upper-management position within HR (human resources) to create a work environment aligned with their organization's goals, as well as recruit and retain highly effective employees and manage other members of the recruiting department. They work primarily in an office, but may travel to different offices or sites depending on the company's needs.Read More...
Hours for this position can vary, though talent directors usually work during regular business hours, and some travel may be necessary. They are employed in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to medicine, and generally work with other upper-management employees on a daily basis and communicate regularly with subordinates in the human resources department about the organization's needs and how they are being met. Talent directors are also heavily involved in discussions with internal and external recruiters.
Talent directors must also be able to anticipate future personnel needs for their organization and work to attract appropriate candidates for those needs. They work closely with management, including departmental managers and C-level executives, to determine these future needs and how best to acquire personnel to address them.
Aspiring talent directors should have extensive experience in human resources, sometimes as many as 10 to 15 years depending on the employer, and a bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or a related field may also be required. However, sufficient work experience in human resources or corporate recruiting may also be sufficient.
Talent Director Tasks
- Liaise between actors, directors and agents to negotiate contracts, set appointments and hold auditions.
- Lead talent management strategy to ensure talent is developed to and reaches its full potential.
- Interview, audition and hire performers to fill various roles.
- Match specific talent types to appropriate roles for motion picture, radio, theatre and other entertainment.
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Pay by Experience Level for Talent Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $77K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $96K on average. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $124K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $147K.